Two skeins of viscose rayon (artificial silk) wound onto reels, 1903.
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The reels aof viscose are shown together with a later form of Charles Topham's experimental spinning box used to spin early viscose in 1901. The reels are labelled with the name Topham. Viscose rayon is made from regenerated cellulose. Due to the yellow solution ob tainedbeing rather viscuous it became known as 'Viscose'. Viscose rayon was produced by Englishmen Charles F Cros and Edward J Bevan and patented by Cros, Bevan and Clayton Beadle in 1892 with the British patents taken over by by Courtaulds in 1904.